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Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager BeerBell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager

Literally born in a dream: Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery, dreamt that he was at the mystically hidden retreat of Quinannan Falls, somewhere in the boreal north.

Neither Quinannan Falls nor the beer actually existed outside his imagination, but he remembered enough about it to sketch a recipe and label, which was put into full form by Michigan artist Kathleen Kalinowski, the following morning.

The end result is a dry-hopped lager that possesses a crisp, dry bitterness you would expect from a German pilsner, but the use of highly aromatic Simcoe hops from the Pacific Northwest, evoke the fragrant pine forests that inspired this beer.

Added by zoso1967 on 06-07-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
397
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
19.07%
 
 
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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Grassy, some cereal/grain notes. Pear & apple notes late & perfumey hops as well

T: Follows the nose, pear skin, dryness & a little aspirin & pine up front. Malty sweetness as this warms, grassy & slight tangerine peel as well. Finishes crisp, with flinty bitterness & faint grainy bitterness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, good balance

Super poundability, crisp with just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. I imagine they wil sell a lot of this this Summer

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Poured into a becher glass.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of light fruit, citrus hops, pale malts, bready malts, and floral hops. Nice citrus and fruit, pretty nice here.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral notes, fruity malts, fruity malts, bready malts, grains, and light wheat. Again, pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice, easy drinking lager. Some nice citrus and floral hops, and super easy to drink. If they sold this in 6 packs I would definitely buy it and would be able to drink a few of these. Looking forward to having again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent, appearing a pale yellow color with a white cap. Nice aroma of citrus, hops, fruit, biscuits, subtle malt. Nice refreshing flavor. Hop forward with abundant citrus notes, exhibiting a lot of pale ale characteristics. Lingering bitter finish. Pretty dry. Overall, a really solid beer. It would be easy to have a few of these in a session.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A big, huge "Thank You!" to Larry Bell & his circus for listening to the impassioned pleas of The CANQuest (tm) & putting this beer into an extruded aluminum cylinder just in time for the summer! I love yinz guys!

From the CAN: "

I Crack!ed this beauty open and I did not hesitate to CANduct an inverted Glug. Man, the head came roaring up & I had no choice but to back off and down. It puffed itself into three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. That gave me time to CANtemplate the coming week, last week's damage, last night's damage, the RNC & other weighty ideas. It finally sat back down like a naughty school child chastised by its teacher. Speaking of which, on Wednesday, my newest supervisor, Melly Mel, told me to "Wrap up whatever shenanigans & mischief you are up to, gather all of your paraphernalia & meet me at my desk in five minutes!" Ha ha. I was engaged in hijinx, so the joke's on her. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. The nose smelled of freshly mown grass, oven-baked biscuits and blue skies above, outdoors on a hot, humid summer's day. Hey, that was today! It smelled like today! Mmmm. Finish was dry and refreshing & if you don't think that it was just the ticket, you are out of your mind! I am packing my cooler full of it and going on CANcation.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this on-tap a few times at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a pint glass.

A - Puffy two-fingered off-white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a transparent golden straw color. Looks like most pale lagers, but with better head retention and lacing.

S - It's a hoppy lager - verging on IPL levels. Big notes of tropical fruits, citrus, and herbaceous elements, and minimal malt character that imparts some faint dough character.

T - Again, it's heavy on the tropical fruits, with notes of apricot and peach as well. The malt character is light and graham crackery. Finishes very clean. I was surprised to see this was 6.4% - I was sure it was in the 4-5% range.

M - Medium-light body, very crisp and refreshing, medium-high carbonation. Spot on for the style.

D - This is a superb session lager. Not sure what else you'd want from the style. Wish they sold this stuff in the mini-kegs.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Bright shiny lemon yellow body, and with nice crystal appearance. Slow streams of steady long carbonation throughout the body. Head is bright bleach white, very bright with a bit of classic soapy retention and solid three fingers. Bowled puck as it settles, almost like a crown. Very nice looking lager here.

Clean muted bread malt tones on the nose. Nice dough like character, a bit of very mild herbal hop presence, and simple clean aroma. Quite neutral and pleasant actually, just very solid.

Real nice palate. A bubbly crispness, but with some nice quality malt sweetness in the mid palate. Hop angle really accentuates with green herbs and spice on a slow lingering aftertaste. Chewy body but with a bit of playful carbonation and giving to popping hop like qualities as well. Comes off like a simple lager, but with a great unexpected hop experience.

A real nice solid and tasty lager with a great mouthfeel to go with it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #1 beer on the Top Beers - American Pale Lager list on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. Another #1 put away for me. I'll get there. Served in a pint glass, I had 3 pints of this and if Black note weren't on draft at this location at the same time, that's all I would have drank that night.

Beer is yellow, almost clear, soft white head, small and medium bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is mildly sweet with some earthy and pine hops, hints of fruit. Nice aroma, hoppy but not over the top.

Beer is medium to light in body, wet finish, mildly bitter on the end, hop bitterness, good hop bouquet in the middle. One of the finer lagers I've had recently, I would buy it by the keg if possible.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a glass at the Bell's Cafe on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The clear yellow lager had a white head and light lacing. The hops character reminds me a lot of Surly's Bitter Brewer for the mix of juicy apricot up front and herbal, dry lemon in the finish. There was really no malt character, the hops were the star here and damn, they were tasty. It's dry, hoppy, and drinkable. Give it a try if you can.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Quinannan Falls Lager Goes in the glass a very bright yellow blond look with a whisp of bright white up above that fades and leaves no sticks. Looks similar to a BP Yellowtail Pale Ale. A bit of mist making things not so clear. Smell is pretty tame but consists of some pale malt and hop earthiness with small florals. Some bread and that's about it. Taste is down to the point plain and crisp with pale malt galore and some light earth with slight grain and lager essense. It is what it is, simple and to the point. Feel is light as is the body with a light punch of carb with bready aftertaste. I could drink a ton of this but don't see myself forking over the money for one of those 750's, glad I found it on Tap. This would be a good replacement for Bell's standard pale as that needs some re-tooling, but for now maybe sixers in the summer time would be nice.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap into a pint glass. A golden lager with lots of lacing going down the glass. Aroma is hoppy with some bready malt underneath. Flavor is fairly complex, with pine, resin, citrus and honey all wrapped up in the flavor. As the beer warms a small hint of booze surfaces. The pine is there all the way from mid-sip to the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is solid. A nice little hoppy lager here.

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Photo of aasher
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I have to start this off with wow. It pours a BMC like dark straw yellow with no head at all. It look no different than a Bud or Miller Lite. This deception leads to a greater finish. It smells great. It has this Gumballhead mixed with IPA aroma to it. It is very piny, floral, has hoppy bitterness to go with subtle sweetness. The flavor mirrors this. It has the flavor of Gumballhead mixed with an IPA to feature a perfect mix of the two. This is by far the best lager I've ever had. It drinks very light and smooth. The content is very deceptive. It drinks so light and has exceptional flavor that this beer can creep up on you. It is excellent, absolutely phenomenal. Wow. It's disappointing that this may have been my only time to drink it. What a beer!

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Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a clear pale gold color with a frothy two finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Very nice retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Grassy floral hop aroma with ale malt and a slight adjunct presence.  Some grass, straw and light fruit with slightly earthy, grassy, saaz like hops.  There's also some pilsner malts apple and pear.  Decent but nothing special about the nose.

Medium bodied wih a crisp hop bite that lingers over the pale malt and sweet fruit notes into a dry finish.  Bitter and dry with grass, straw and subtle pine needle followed by bread, biscuit, apple and pear.  There's also a weird adjunct like metallic graininess that I can't put my finger on which lingers after the finish.  Crisp and refreshing with nice dryness but a weird and unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

draft at sams quik shop in durham

pale yellow color with a perfect head. smell of citrus, pear, yeast, hops. taste is extremely refreshing but also flavorful with pear dominating as well as a perfect hop finish on the back end that gives you just enough bitterness but leaves you satisfied and wanting to drink more immediately. Perfect lager right here. light body, even at 6+% ABV. just great.

overall Bells was on the money here, its too bad this isnt available more often because it flat out rocks.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza for their Bell's Tap Takeover.

Pours a golden pale straw yellow, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells fairly floral and piney, with some "sweaty" yeast aromas.

This ones tastes pretty good, but there is sort of a sweaty sock flavor feel to this one, from the yeast, I'm guessing. Slightly bready, with some pine, floral, and cat pissy flavors. Not all that bitter, doesn't linger.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. There's a medium amount of carbonation.

Not bad, but there seems to be some off flavors here.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant straw with a lingering frothy white head.

Light notes of fruit and grain are balanced by a soft sweetness. There's a hint of resin.

Flavor is oniony at the base, fairly bitter at the finish, resiny, with a modest crackery malt backbone. Soft grapefruit and citrus pith add complexity. The balance is bitter.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and some harsh hop astringency.

More bitter than I prefer, but the soft citrus is nice.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tuilip. Bottle #132 of 378. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a pale yellow color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A fruity white grape and smooth earthy grains. Some subtle woody pine.

(T)- A primarily grainy profile with some dry neutral-like honey malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Crisp and refreshing; smooth.

(D)- Nothing extraordinary, but very easy to drink and enjoy. Would make a great summer beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, light yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is cracker, peach, and a touch of pale malts and pine. Light bodied, slightly bitter, with moderate carbonation. Tasty, crisp, clean, really drinkable. All that I expect from Bells, clean and really amazing example of a style. Another beer I would get all of the time if I could get it more often.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Served in a willi becher glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy light yellow-golden body, one finger white head, good retention, bits of bubbly lacing. Smells of light citrus, bread, cracker, mild earthy bite. Flavour is a light crackery sweetness, light lemon citrus, freshly baked bread. Earthy bitterness. A bit of grass. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, refreshing, mild light minerality along with bitter earthy hops on the finish. An overall solid lager, clean and nothing too sweet or bitter. A slight perfume-like aspect to it.

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Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a German style pilsner with American hops. Crisp and dry on the finish. Hops give a floral/piney aroma with hints or lemons and citrus. Flavor is more pine with a touch of lemon...Body is light side of medium and the dry finish fits what I'd look for in German Pils. Refreshing, but comes off a little unbalanced deeper in.. Definitely not to style for a German Pils but tastes like one would with West Coast hops. Solid for what it is designed to be.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a pale golden color, clear and bubbly with a crop of white head, some wispy film and a touch of lacing left on the glass.

Pilsner malt in the nose with straw, grassy hops and light floral tone, faint citrus fruit. Touches of grapefruit and orange peel with light sweetness.

Nice smack of pine hops up front, grassy and citrus tones as well. Toasted malts with grain, light biscuit. Interesting citrus fruit flavor and tempered sweetness. Orange peel and faint grapefruit with apricot. Finishes bitter and crisp.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a little dry and crisp on the tongue with a clean finish. Excellent drinker, and imparts some distinct flavor to a sometimes boring style.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. The body of Quinannan Falls lager sits somewhere around straw and yellow with deeper and brighter gold highlights at its very core. A finger's worth of stark white foam forms like a cloud and lasts much longer than expected. Some nice looking lacing webs up on the sides of the glass and stays there for the remainder of the brew.

Wow, the aroma is awesome! Citric and herbal hops abound, giving off notes of grapefruit, tangerine, grass, light pines, and lots of leaves. Some tropical notes lie farther in the background, too; faint mango and papaya. The malt bill does not go unnoticed, however - plenty of lightly sweet pale malts, grains, and a touch of biscuit and cracker. Hefty lager yeast gives a nice, fresh, and super-clean note in the afterthought.

One of my biggest gripes with "hoppy lagers" is that the "lager" portion of the beer goes largely under the radar, buried beneath the bashing of alpha acids an lupulins. I'm pretty excited to find out that it's not the case with Quinannan Falls Lager - the crisp, fresh, and bready yeast is the first thing that my palate picks out when I take a sip.

Without any hesitation, a brigade of citrus fruits, pines, leaves, tropical fruits, and herbal hops rushes in and jolts the palate. No doubt this is a substantial hop bill, but it's complementary to the yeast and the malt, rather than blatantly flaunting its superiority. Toasty bread and cracker malt with a very, very light imparted sweetness that balances nicely with the hop bitterness. The lager yeast is noticeable again in the final moments, giving a nice, clean finish.

Just like you'd expect from a lager, the body is somewhere between light-medium and there's plenty of carbonation to go around, providing a snip-snap, mildly sharp, crisp, clean, and dry mouth feel. I don't know what else you'd want from a pale lager as far as body and mouth feel goes. It feels exactly like it should, and does nothing but make this delicious beer even more drinkable.

Quinannan Falls Lager has eluded me for quite a while; it has been on tap numerous times at places near me, though somehow it has taken me this long to finally try it, but better late than never. This stuff is outstanding, and probably my favorite "hopped up lager". It showcases an IPA-like hop bill while retaining the discernible qualities you expect from a lager. Great balance of hops, malt, and yeast, and drinkability is through the roof.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is spices, malts and a hint of BBQ/ham. The flavor is citrus, fruit, malts/pale malts, mild grapefruit and a long and spicy/bitter/dryish/smoky finish.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from growler into a Houblon Chouffee pilsner. Poured a golden pale yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, pine, and wine cooler. The flavor was of sweet malt, subtle fruit, pine, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The nose was a little off-putting for me with picking up on the wine cooler, but somehow it worked with the combination of the other aromas given off here. The flavor was where this brew shined with a nice healthy dose of piney goodness. Pine is usually quite abrasive to my palate, but this one managed to bring this flavor across in a delicate manner. Well done on this on Bell's. Well done...

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short Review. This is a good hoppy Lager, the hop profile is nice and it's got a great lager like mouthfeel with some good drinkability. I enjoyed this beer, It would be a good summer beer and I wish Bell's would put this in pint cans, I think it would sell well and I would buy some.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow colored body with a big white head that left lots of spots on the sides.

S - Nice citrus and lemon zest on this. Has a nice bit of hops on top of all the malts. This smells light, but great.

T - Flavor is right in line with the nose. This is a great lager. Some grass, citrus, malt. Easy to drink, tasty, and refreshing.

M - Lighter bodied with good carbonation.

O - I was surprised by how much I liked this beer. Very well done, easily sessionable, and would go great with food like pizza.

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Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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